If your nightly slumber is more like sawing logs, than peaceful sleeping, you might have a condition known as sleep apnea. This common disorder is caused when your airway becomes blocked, and your breathing is closed off. As your lungs struggle to draw in air, snoring or gasping in your sleep, can occur. Marconi Dental can work with you, and your medical provider, to help you get a great night’s sleep.

Poor Sleep, Poor Health

Highly interrupted sleep, and oxygen deprivation doesn’t just keep you (and your loved one) awake at night. It can also cause some serious health complications, over time. Left untreated, sleep apnea can put you at risk of:

  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure

… not to mention that lack of sleep can make nodding off, like when driving, a real concern.

Dental Changes Caused By Snoring

Did you know that the condition of your mouth can help diagnose a sleeping disorder? Your dentist can look for signs, such as a scalloped tongue, where your back molars have left an impression due to a nightly obstructed airway.

Other symptoms that your dentist will look for include a dry mouth, an enlarged tongue, or a small jaw. Do you have abnormal tooth wear or suffer from broken restorations? It might be from clenching your teeth in the night, as you struggle to breathe.

Is It Sleep Apnea?

Often times, people are unaware that they have a sleeping disorder – until their partner clues them in. While you have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, your spouse is wide awake due to the freight train they’re cuddled up with. Though your partner may be the first to notice the symptoms of sleep apnea, there are other signs that can clue you in, too. Those include:

  • Waking with a headache or frequent migraine
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • Waking often to visit the bathroom
  • Mood swings, especially irritability and depression
  • A sore throat when you wake
  • Dry mouth that wakes you in the night or greets you in the morning
  • Mouth breathing during the day
  • Feeling unrested, after a night’s sleep

What You Can Do…

If you think you might have a snoring issue, be sure to ask your Carmichael dentist. The experienced team at Marconi Dental can work with your doctor, to help you get the answers and treatment you need. You may need a referral for a sleep study, to monitor you overnight, or a simple take home study may suffice.

If you have sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend a special Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, to keep your airway open. Many patients find the mask and machine uncomfortable, and prefer a customized dental sleep appliance that can also ease snoring symptoms. With a snoring appliance, your jaw is gently eased forward, into an optimal position to open your airway for a better night’s sleep. Don’t wait to enjoy a peaceful night’s rest. Call today to see if sleep problems are wreaking havoc on your teeth!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.